It wasn’t a great game on Sunday, and Newcastle hung on as Norwich came back in the second half with some excellent attacking play.
James Perch – we didn’t play too well
But thankfully it didn’t turn out like the Wolves game, and Newcastle hung on to claim a very valuable 3 points, and a clean sheet to boot.
There’s little doubt that the Wolves game was 2 points dropped, and Wolves had come off a 5-1 hammering by West Brom at home and in their previous game.
Newcastle were 2-0 up at the half and it looked game over, but we were hopeless in that second half and were lucky not to lose the game in truth.
In Wolves’ next game they got hammered 5-0 at Fulham and over the weekend were hammered 5-0 at home by a rampant Manchester United side.
And in their last five games they have one draw and four defeats and conceded 19 goals and scored three goals – two of them against Newcastle - so you see what we mean.
James Perch was Newcastle’s best player on Sunday against Norwich and he admitted the lads didn’t play well:
“We didn’t play too well but the result was what mattered and three points is absolutely massive for our season.” “One game down, one win, clean sheet. It’s perfect.”
“All we need to do now is get the performance good so the fans can enjoy it a little bit more and it’s a little bit easier for them to watch it when maybe we win two or three nil”
“But like I said, one goal, clean sheet, is perfect.” “The main objective was win hook or by crook. We were fighting for it. Norwich put us under a lot of pressure and we weathered the storm.”
“And to be fair the lads at the back and Tim Krul did really well to keep them out.” “I think we have to give the next nine games a proper go otherwise we are going to have let ourselves down.”
“We have got ourselves in this position through hard work and desire so for us to let it slip now with nine games left I think it will be a disappointment, and that’s not what we deserve.”
“The gaffer said last week ‘not many people get the chance to get into Europe with a club like Newcastle and have a right push’.”
“He said you have got to grasp it with both hands and make the most of it as in ten years time you look back on your career and think I could have got into Europe and you have instead let it slip.”
“It is something all the lads want. We all want to be there and the aim is to win as many games as we can out of these nine games.”
Newcastle will have Cheick Tiote back for Sunday afternoon’s game at West Brom, and we were beaten 3-2 by them in the first game at St. James Park.
We need to go all out for the win at The Hawthorns, and if we can play anywhere near our best, we can get the win too.